Senior aide to the Trump campaign Stephen Miller makes his claim at the 1:40 minute mark of the video.
WASHINGTON — A senior aide to Donald Trump’s campaign claimed Sunday that “uncontrolled migration” has put 500,000 U.S. girls at risk of genital mutilation.
Senior policy adviser to Trump’s GOP presidential campaign Stephen Miller made the claim on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday.
He cited a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January that said 513,000 women and girls in the United States are considered at-risk because they were either born themselves or have a parent born in a country where female cutting is a tradition.
Asked whether the Trump campaign stands by Miller’s remarks, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded only by sending a link to a Newsweek article that highlighted similar findings. That article, though, pointed out that the figure is strictly the result of increased migration from African and Middle Eastern countries — and that there’s no evidence of the practice increasing in the United States.